Trades skill training in Eel Ground First Nation

The New Brunswick government says middle and high school students in the Eel Ground First Nation will have more training opportunities with a new welding station.

Students in related courses will have the opportunity to learn through hands-on practice, and Natoaganeg School students can try a trade before transitioning to high school.

Andrew Bartlett, the acting executive director of CWB Welding Foundation, says, "This equipment will be utilized to encourage the exploration and education of surrounding youth in the welding field."

Government says it will also be available to adult learners, and can provide professional development opportunities for teachers and other community members.

Meanwhile, trades teachers and other volunteers are building a one-unit, energy efficient home in Eel Ground First Nation, which will be donated to someone in the community.

Chief George Ginnish says they're honoured to have been selected for the province's small house project.

The provincial government says eight trades teachers will built the exterior over four days, with professional learning workshops which include training on the solar power and heating systems.

Components are built using labour from high school technology and construction programs and assembled at the site with construction professionals.

Chief Ginnish says the home will be given this summer to a community member as part of their Social Housing Program.